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BETHLEHEM STEEL PROPERTY OWNER TO ADDRESS RESIDENTIAL CLEANUP COSTS, MORE SAMPLING

BuffaloNews.com
T.J. Pignataro
November 30, 2016

Great Lakes Industrial Development, the property owner of the former Bethlehem Steel building that burned earlier this month, will help affected residents with cleanup claims and with an additional analysis of the soot and ash that spewed from the blaze, officials told The Buffalo News.

The company made the commitment Wednesday afternoon to two state agencies, the Health Department and Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The only certainty right now is we are at the very beginning of what is going to be a very long road,” said Phil Pantano, a spokesman for Great Lakes Industrial Development.

The conflagration – fueled by recycled plastics, boats, antique vehicles and other items in winter storage – started around 7 a.m., Nov. 9 and burned for days. It also forced the evacuation of residents from the nearby Bethlehem Park neighborhood who returned to find their homes covered in toxic soot, ash and debris from the fire.

State officials said Great Lakes agreed to provide:

A hotline for residents affected by the blaze to call.
A letter to impacted residents.
Contact information on the company’s website “to facilitate a speedy recovery.”

Affected residents, particularly those in the nearby Bethlehem Park neighborhood, can contact the company to report property cleanup claims at 207-8685.

Great Lakes officials said Wednesday’s announcement was motivated by a desire to come forward and help neighbors who found themselves in just as through a predicament through no fault of their own, however, cautiously pointed out it was not admitting liability in the blaze.

“We have felt the gut punch of this devastating accidental fire,” Chris Wietig, special projects director at Great Lakes Industrial Development, explained in a statement. “We have lost half our facility, lost of our tenants and well over 120 jobs have been disrupted – losses we will not likely recover.”

Wietig added: “Having said that, we also know that its impact did not stop at our property boundaries.”

That impact included stories from residents of the dozens of homes in nearby Bethlehem Park that were covered, or in some cases filled, with soot after the nearby fire.

Some wiped soot off of interior walls, kitchen counters, even baby cribs. Others power-washed the exterior or their homes and lawns.

Some also suffered health impacts from the lingering toxic smoke in their neighborhood after the fire that included respiratory illnesses.

“The fire is out, but community residents living around the Bethlehem Steel plant are struggling with its aftermath in their own homes,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.
The wreckage of the Bethlehem Steel buildings in Lackawanna that were demolished by fire. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The wreckage of the Bethlehem Steel buildings in Lackawanna that were demolished by fire. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Seggos lauded Great Lakes’ efforts “for agreeing to provide peace of mind for its Lackawanna neighbors.”

He said his agency, along with state and county health officials, will continue providing updated information about “the nature and extent of the smoke plume.”

The fire consumed about four out of the nine large bays in the complex, or about half of the one million square foot facility.

Its cause remains under investigation by fire officials in Lackawanna.

Wietig said the company has “no legal responsibility” to respond to requests for help from neighbors affected by the fire, it intends to help.

“As we continue our uphill climb regarding work, jobs, debris cleanup, and rebuilding at the site…we look forward to working with the state to help our community and our Lackawanna neighbors in responding to these claims,” Wietig said.

Besides the hotline, Great Lakes will send residents more information in coming days.

That information will also be available on the company’s website at www.steelworksindustrialpark.com.

Great Lakes moved into the long-vacant Bethlehem Steel building at the corner of Route 5 and Lincoln Avenue in 2010.

“In our eyes, it’s been a great success story the company’s been proud of,” Pantano said.

What started as an idle remnant of an industrial era gone by in Lackawanna was teeming with a dozen tenants and more than 120 jobs.

It also added millions in tax revenue to the local economy, Pantano said.

He added: “Now, we have to start that moving forward process on having to get back to that.”

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INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS RECYCLING COMPLETES WORKER SAFETY TRAINING

Buffalo, NY – 14 Employees from Industrial Materials Recycling, LLC (IMR) of Buffalo recently completed a 10-hour OSHA training as part of a training grant IMR received from the New York State Department of Labor Hazardous Abatement Board.

IMR is a leading recycling company committed to reusing, reducing, and recycling plastics and other materials for the benefit of customers and the environment. The company buys, processes and sells plastics, paper and metal scrap depending on customer needs. The company recycles more than 10 million pounds of material a year, helping customers turn waste stream materials into a revenue source. At the same time, this activity keeps a tremendous amount of waste out of landfills.  IMR recently relocated to Steel Works Industrial Park.

The training involved general industry safety training on lock-out / tag-out procedures for safe shut down of a workplace in the event emergency services are required or when repairs and maintenance are required. The training was lead by representatives from Great Lakes Environmental.

IMR, a member of the Frontier Group of Companies, recently moved operations to Steel Works Industrial Park in Lackawanna, NY. More information about Industrial Materials Recycling is available at www.industrial-recycling.com. More information about the Frontier Group of Companies is available at www.frontier-companies.com.


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INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS RECYCLING RELOCATES OPERATIONS TO STEELWORKS INDUSTRIAL PARK

Buffalo, NY – Industrial Materials Recycling, LLC (IMR) of Buffalo has moved its operations and administration offices from Dorothy Street in Buffalo to Steel Works Industrial Park in Lackawanna, NY.

IMR is a leading recycling company committed to reusing, reducing, and recycling plastics and other materials for the benefit of customers and the environment. The company buys, processes and sells plastics, paper and metal scrap depending on customer needs. The company recycles more than 10 million pounds of material a year, helping customers turn waste stream materials into a revenue source. At the same time, this activity keeps a tremendous amount of waste out of landfills.

The site of the former Bethlehem Steel Galvanizing Plant, Cold Mill and Hot Mill facilities, now know as the Steel Works Industrial Park, is evolving into a vibrant light industrial center for commerce and is ready to continue a proud heritage of industry on the Buffalo Niagara Frontier

Over 1,000,000 square feet of space ranging from 5,000 to 500,000 square feet is available for tenants including more than 16,000 square feet of office space. Steel Works is situated on approximately 95 acres between the City of Lackawanna and the town of Hamburg, NY with close access to major roadways including I-90 and nine miles from the Peace Bridge.

“For a company like IMR, Steel Works Industrial Park provides the advantages of high-bay space and a large, open manufacturing area perfectly suited for their operations.” commented Chris Wietig, special projects director for Frontier Group of Companies, owner of Steel Works.

The unique layout of Steel Works and mix of light manufacturing tenants is bringing new life to the old steel plant. IMR is discovering operational efficiency as well as new opportunities by providing recycling services to other Steel Works tenants.

IMR employs 20 people and expects to hire additional staff.

More information about the Frontier Group of Companies is available at www.frontier-companies.com. More information about Steel Works Industrial Park is available at www.steelworks.com.


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FRONTIER INDUSTRIAL CORP CONTINUES WORK AT STEEL WORKS INDUSTRIAL PARK

Steel Works Industrial Park, a redevelopment project of the Frontier Group of Companies, has hired Frontier Industrial Corp, (FIC) a specialty industrial demolition contractor, to continue site clean up and remediation of a 10 acre parcel of land on the former Bethlehem Steel plant site in Lackawanna, New York.

The project is a redevelopment effort designed to re-use parts of the former steel plant along Route 5. FIC has been on site for some time performing site clean-up activities in order to make the site ready for light industrial and manufacturing tenants. Work has been completed on a portion of the site with 12 tenants currently occupying over 425,000 sq. ft. of space at Steel Works.

The most resent site work involved a controlled building drop of an obsolete steel structure. The steel structure was razed and will be dismantled and the steel recycled.

A video of the controlled building drop can be viewed here.

“Our priority in this case and with any demolition activity is workplace and worker safety” commented Dennis Franjoine, Vice President for Frontier Industrial Corp. “Our team on site at the Steel Works project did a great job planning and executing the controlled drop. The result was exactly what we planned for.”

The FIC work will continue for some time to bring online both indoor and outdoor areas of the facilities for prospective tenants.


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